Bella Verde held off stablemate Share The Promise and captured the $40,000 Hayes Memorial 2-year-old filly trot in a stakes and national season’s record 1:55.1 Thursday afternoon at the DuQuoin state Fair.
Mike Lachance was in the bike as the daughter of Broadway Hall sat second as share The Promise and Dave Magee cut opening fractions of :29 and :58.3. Just past the half-mile pole Lachance swooped into the lead, passing the three quarters in 1:27.2.
Share The Promise challenged in the lane but couldn’t overcome Bella Verede’s :27.4 final panel.
Owned by Ira Kristel and trained by Ron Gurfein, Bella Verde won for the second time in three starts. Bred by Fredericka Caldwell, the filly is out of Yankee’s Catch, a Muscles Yankee half sister to Moni Maker 1:52.1 ($5,589,256).
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Thursday’s racing also included two $30,000 divisions of the Hayes memorial for freshman colt and gelding trotters.
In the first split Muscle Mass and Andy Miller sat fourth through fractions of :29 and 1:00.4 before moving first-over. After passing the three quarters in 1:29.3 the world champion son of Muscles Yankee opened up with a :27.1 final quarter for any easy victory in 1:56.4 over Atomic Hall (Self Possessed) and Magee. Deliberate (Yankee Glide) and Lachance were third.
Perretti Racing Stable and Black Horse Race Stable own the colt who is three-for-three for trainer Ervin Miller.
In the second division Kajan Kooker (Self Possessed) tipped off cover at the head of the lane and came home in :28 for a victory with Magee driving. Over ruled (Self Possessed) was second for Lachance and Mark O’Mara brought Storm Dreamer (Striking Sahbra) home third.
Mattias Meinzinger, Jerry Silva and the Sampson Street Stable owns the Ron Gurfein-trained colt who has won three of six starts this year.